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April 28, 2013

Dear Friends,

After six years of serving as directors of the Cathedral Kitchen, Jill and Jim McAuliffe have decided that it is time for them to step down. I know their decision was a difficult one to make and I can assure you that it was a difficult one for me to accept!

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jill and Jim for their incredibly committed service to the Cathedral Kitchen over these years. They had been committed volunteers for nine years in the Family Kitchen when they took the reins of the “Cathedral Kitchen” in May, 2007. Not only have they carried on the great Catholic Worker tradition that they inherited, they have also built on that tradition and strengthened it. Day after day they have worked hard to create a warm, caring atmosphere where everyone was welcome and everyone was treated with love and respect.

They have also succeeded in recruiting a large and truly exceptional group of volunteers who have staffed the Kitchen day after day, collecting the donated food, preparing absolutely delicious meals, warmly welcoming the guests, serving them with a smile, visiting with them, and doing the clean-up afterwards.

It would be impossible to calculate just how many lives Jim and Jill have touched over their years of service at the Cathedral Kitchen but this much is certain: they have made a whole lot of lives happier and they have made it possible for hundreds and hundreds of hungry folks not only to enjoy a wonderful meal but to be reminded of their dignity and worth.

In expressing gratitude to Jill and Jim, I also want to welcome to new leadership roles in the Kitchen three parishioners who have long been involved in the Kitchen and who will now take over its leadership. They are Teddi Callahan, Carol DeMatteis, and Jack Chen. We have been blessed for years by their faithful service to the Kitchen and I know that, in their new leadership roles, they will walk comfortably in Jill and Jim’s footsteps.

Father Michael G. Ryan
Cathedral Pastor

WELCOME! If you are a visitor to the Cathedral, we want you to know how welcome you are – whether you have come from another part of the country, from across the world, or simply from another parish here in the Archdiocese. Thanks, in part, to the generosity of visitors like you, we are able to celebrate the Church’s liturgy here in a fitting and beautiful way. We are also able to offer a wide range of services to needy people living in the central district of our city.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of Joseph Forte from his family.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER will NOT be open after Masses today. We will return next month, May 26, at our regular time.

CREATION: ART IN THE CATHEDRAL CHAPEL. In conjunction with Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory, we are honored to host a show in the Cathedral Chapel of works by local artists on the theme of God in creation, curated by our parishioner Elizabeth Winder. The show will continue through June 14. A short tour of the exhibit will be offered in the Chapel after the 10:00am Mass today. The tour will begin immediately following the organ postlude.

THE MUSIC OF ST. HILDEGARD AT ST JAMES. A part of the Cathedral’s series of events focused on the sacredness of creation. Cathedral Artist-in-Residence, Margriet Tindemans, one of the world’s greatest virtuosos on medieval string instruments, presents three evenings celebrating creation with the music of the medieval mystic St. Hildegard of Bingen. Sunday, April 28, 8:00 pm Lux Vivens, St. James cantors in the Chapel; Sunday, May 5, 7:00 pm Cantilena—a come-one, come-all sing along with the music of St. Hildegard; Sunday, May 11, 8:00 pm Music of the Spheres, Medieval Women’s Choir. Information and reserved passes, www.medievalwomenschoir.org; for pay-as-able Parishioner Passes, 206-382-4874.

WE ARE MADE OF STARS. The second event in our series on creation, Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory, will take place this coming Monday, April 29, 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Join us for We Are Made of Stars, a video and discussion on the science of creation with our own parishioner Jack Southall. Jack, a mechanical engineer, retired after a 40 year career in engineering design at Boeing. Jack currently serves on the technology committee at St. James Cathedral. Also, available in the Bookstore are copies of Making the Shift, by Sr. Elaine Prevallet, which we will be discussing in May. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, May 3, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin immediately following the 8:15am Mass and will continue until 1:00pm, with Holy Hour beginning at 12 Noon. This month, our Holy Hour will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the Liturgy of the Hours, hymns, and rosary. You are welcome to join in all or part of this prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

THE FIRE OF CHRIST’S LOVE. Rekindle your spirit by engaging in prayer in preparation for Pentecost. Please come join us – our gatherings have been wonderful! The format of our sessions is light and life-restoring, including both exploration and meditation. Open to all, come as you are, as often as you can. We will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings through May 14, 10:30-Noon, 2nd floor Cathedral Place. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

EASTER BIBLE STUDY. This 5-week course of reflection on the New Testament accounts of Jesus' resurrection appearances continues with Session Three on Tuesday, April 30, when we will read the accounts from Luke's Gospel. Come and explore what the resurrection—Jesus' and our own—meant to the early Church and what it means for us today. 7-9pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, John Marquez, 206-654-4646.

NEW IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Bishop Gordon Bennett’s Tre Ore homilies on the Seven Last Words are now available on CD. There are wonderful gifts for a child celebrating First Communion, including prayer books, rosaries, medals, and crosses. And we’ve just received a shipment of St. Francis garden statues!

SHELTER DONATIONS. Our shelter season concludes this Monday, April 29. Thank you all for your generous toiletry donations throughout the season. In the offseason we will continue to collect razors, shaving cream, individual deodorants, and colored washcloths and hand towels to prepare for next season. Drop donations off at Coffee Hour after masses or at the parish office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

YOUNG ADULT SERVICE OPPORTUNITY. Every month St. James parishioners make sandwiches in the comfort of their homes to be served at St. Martin de Porres shelter. This month St. James Young Adults are coming together after the 5:30 pm Mass on May 12 in Cathedral Hall to make sandwiches to complement the rest of the parish’s generosity. If you are in your twenties or thirties come join us for a fun time making sandwiches for the men at St. Martin de Porres. The Young Adult Leadership team will buy ingredients beforehand. If you could come with a suggested $5-10 donation to help cover expenses we would appreciate it. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RAINBOW SCHOOLS STUDENTS – ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT! Our parish has a scholarship fund to assist families in meeting the financial obligation involved in sending their elementary school age children to any one of the Rainbow Schools (Sts. George, Edward, Paul, Therese, and Joseph). Families are required to be registered in our parish, have Sacrificial Giving and Annual Catholic Appeal pledge cards on file (whether able to make a monetary pledge or not), and be active in the parish in some capacity. Applications are due by April 30. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS. The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee is looking for new members. We are a group of parishioners concerned about the large number of homeless people living on the streets of our city and the lack of affordable housing in our community. The group meets for monthly meetings, attends advocacy opportunities at the city and state level, and maintains an action alert system to engage the larger St. James community in advocacy efforts. Information, Joseph Roberts, 206-940-9102.

ECUMENICAL ICON OF THE RESURRECTION. This weekend, St. James Cathedral is privileged once again to host a beautiful icon of Christ’s Resurrection. The icon, written by Yakov Prokofiev of St. Petersburg, was commissioned by the St. Petersburg Seattle Sister Churches Board to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their program, which encourages friendly relations between churches in Seattle and St. Petersburg. The icon was blessed by Metropolitan Vladimir and brought to Seattle in the summer of 2011. During this Easter Season, it is again traveling around the Pacific Northwest to churches of many Christian denominations. Special thanks to Jane and Dick Carter of St. Mark’s Cathedral for sharing the icon with us.

SPRING BLOOD DRIVE THANK YOU. The Puget Sound Blood Center was pleased to report that 47 donors registered for our blood drive on Tuesday, April 16. That is significantly more donors than we have ever had in the past. As the Puget Sound Blood Center has said, this is something to be really proud of and is an impressive demonstration of your generosity. The Blood Center and St. James Health and Healing Ministry extend a grateful thank you to all who participated.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RECENT GRADUATE of the Cabrini Ministry Training Program, Mary Ann Coles. She completed the year-long study and was commissioned for service April 17. The Cabrini program forms, trains and supports those called to develop their skills and deepen their faith through service and pastoral care to God's people.

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Frances Kelly.

PARISH REMEMBRANCE: Throughout the year, because we are the Cathedral Church, we remember in prayer at Mass and Vespers each of the parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Seattle on a Sunday near their feast day. This week we remember in prayer the parish of St. Catherine in Seattle, and the mission churches of St. Catherine in Cathlamet and Concrete, and St. Joseph the Worker in Yacolt.

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